2014 Austria Silver €20 Iron Curtain Proof

2014 Austria Silver €20 Iron Curtain Proof

The end of the east-west divide, the fulfillment of the dreams of so many people and the birth of a free, peaceful and united Europe are commemorated in this masterful Silver coin.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .5209 oz of Silver.
  • Each of these magnificent coins comes with a box and a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of 50,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Shows a young man escaping from oppression and totalitarianism, represented by the Berlin Wall and barbed wire.
  • Reverse: The same man at the same moment emerges into the "Free World".
  • Guaranteed by the Austrian Mint.

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Bordered by the Eastern Bloc for decades, Austria felt the presence of the Iron Curtain far more than most other western countries, and its fall in 1989 was particularly significant to the Austrians. Picturing the decisive events associated with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, this ingenious and resonant Silver coin celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of the key events in recent world history.

Famous landmarks standing for the nations involved in the process that led to the end of the Cold War also grace the reverse: the Charles Bridge in Prague for the former Czechoslovakia, the Riesenrad Ferris wheel in Vienna for Austria, the Chain Bridge in Budapest for Hungary, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate for Germany and the Statue of Liberty for the U.S.A.

In 1194, Richard the Lionheart paid 12 tons of Silver to Duke Leopold V of Austria to secure his freedom from a year of incarceration. This act unintentionally laid the foundation for the Austrian Mint, as Duke Leopold had coins struck from Richard the Lionheart’s ransom. In doing so, Leopold set in motion more than 800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.

The Vienna Mint was originally situated near Hoher Merkt and later at various locations in Vienna. Since the first half of the 19th century, the mint has been housed in Heumarkt in central Vienna, where coins are still struck to this day. Minting facilities opened throughout Austria until 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed and the Vienna Principal Mint became the singular minting facility. In 1989, the name officially changed to the Austrian Mint and became a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank.

One of the Austrian Mint’s most recognized coins is the Maria Teresa Thaler, which is not simply a famous Silver coin, but one that boasts the greatest number minted. Another prime example of the mint’s international success is the Gold Philharmonic, one of the most popular Gold bullion coins worldwide. The Gold Philharmonic has played a vital role in developing the Austrian Mint into a highly successful company. The Austrian Mint’s beautifully crafted coins are minted in the heart of Vienna and are sought after by investors and collectors around the world.

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